Game Day Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Brewing's 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Barleywine Black Ale
Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken's Barleywine Black Ale (10.20% ABV). Jack & Ken's pours pitch black with a white head that lasts and leaves behind copious lacing. The nose offers bittersweet chocolate and hops. Both feature prominently in the taste, as well, but the beer is maltier and more mellow than I expected, and the high ABV is well-hidden. It's thick and somewhat oily going down, almost more like a Russian Imperial Stout than a barleywine in my opinion. I like this beer much better than I do most barleywines: B.